The objective of the mission was to study desertification. Under the watchful eye of their Tuareg masters, camels bore the 2-tonne load of equipment and supplies including a wind turbine, measuring and communication instruments, 500 kg of water, and food.
The primary, middle and high school pupils in the audience listened intently to their elders with touch of envy.
These French classes, along with a class in Morocco and another in the United States, are all taking part in the environmental education & outreach programme called Calisph'air. They, too, have taken weather readings and aerosol measurements, and even released 3 stratospheric balloons.
“Don't be afraid to hold on to your dreams,” Stéphane Lévin told them. They all brought back dreams filled with visions of sunsets over the Sahara, the taste of mint tea, the sounds of Berber songs, riding on camel back under the stars and the warm welcome extended by their Berber hosts.
15 March 2007